It was another interesting ceremony after the covid lockdown pandemic of the prestigious African Movie Academy Award (AMAA).
Held at the Marriot hotel, GRA, Ikeja, the event witnessed a potpourri of activities before and during the event with movie practitioners of different hues making statements with their presence.
Ably anchored by the duo of Stanley Chibunna aka Funnybone and Chioma Omeruah better known as Chigul, the event paraded stars like Rita Dominic, Chinedu Ikedieze, Kalu Ikeaguwu, Fred Amata, Moji Oyetayo, Collins Talker, Charles Granville, Agoha, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Funke Akindele Bello, Don Pedro-Aganbi, Emeka Okoro,Victor Omeghara, Francis Onwochei, Dayo Amosu, Songito, Mike Nliam, among many others.
While welcoming all and sundry to the occasion, founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam Osigwe explained why the movie award did not hold last year.
She said: “It is good to be back. The award couldn’t last year because of the covid pandemic. All filmmakers in Africa and in the Diaspora , our time is now. We must tell our own stories in our own words and in our ways. The creative world kept the world going during the lockdown. Let us not make it so easy for everyone to take our stories. Our stories are unique. Let us not go into a second slavery of not telling our stories our own way. Creativity is the essence of life. There are 177 jobs in the creative industry. Everything you do revolve around creativity.”
Chairman of AMAA Jury, Steve Ayorinde also added his voice. “It is a privilege to take the lead to celebrate the beautiful art of filmmaking in Africa. Our message this year after watching hundreds of films, documentaries, short movies etc, is that we should continue to be resolute in telling the African stories. We have seen the determination of how the African continent is dealing with covid and the way filmmakers are capturing the event. We have kept faith after 17 years of unbroken years of celebrating the African continent.”
Commissioner of Tourism Lagos State, Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf reeled out the many possibilities of having Lagos as centre of excellence especially providing enabling environment to make movie practitioners thrive.
Highlight of the event apart from the announcement of winners of different categories was the jovial nature of the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu who expressed his happiness partnering with AMAA. He promised that the AMAA award will hold in Lagos in the next three years.
He said: “We stand with our people in South Africa. We heard what is happening there. Africans should come together because we are stronger when we are together.”
There were performances by Maka and 9ice.
Below are the categories of award and winners
Efere Ozako award for Best shot film – Meat (Uganda)
Jubril Malafia award for Best Animation – Lady Buckit and the Motely Mopster (Nigeria)
Best Documentary – Softie (Kenya)
Best Diaspora short film –Three Leaves (Haiti)
Best Diaspora documentary –African Redemption: The Life of Marcus Garvey (US)
Best Diaspora Narrative for Feature – Residue (USA)
Michael Anyiam Osigwe award Best Film by an African Living Abroad – Blackmail Obi Emelonye (Nigeria /UK)
Ousmane Sembene award for Best Film in an African Language -The Golddigger’s wife – Khadar Ahmed (Somalia)
Best Achievement in Costume design -African America (South Africa)
Best Achievement in Makeup –The Gravedigger’s wife (Somalia)
Best Achievement in Visual Effect – Fried Barry (South Africa)
Best Achievement in Sound Track – The Citation (Nigeria)
Best Achievement in Sound –Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Special Recognition Award – Felicia Ema; Dr. Zainab Shinkafi; Uche Nwuka
Best Achievement in Production Design – The Gravedigger’s wife (Somalia)
Best Achievement in Cinematography –Ayinla (Nigeria)
Best Achievement in Editing –Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Best Achievement in Screenplay – Collision Course (Nigeria)
Nation Film and Video Censors Board award for Best Nigerian Film –Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Best Nigerian Film –Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Best Promising Actor –Wilmah Muremera , Shainia
Best Actor in Supporting Role –Kelechi Udegbe -Collision
Best actress in a Supporting Role –Hazel Hinda, Haorareb (Namibia)
Best Actor in a Leading Role –Omar Abdi , The Gravedigger’s wife (Somalia)
Best Actress in a leading role –Joan Agaba –Stain (Uganda)
Best Feature Film by a Director – Chuko and Ayie Esiri, Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Best director –Chuko and Ayie , Eyimofe (Nigeria)
Best Film – The Gravedigger’s wife (Somalia)